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06-22-2017 01:15 AM
kamimahrie so inspiring about to build my first planted aquarium and really can't do CO2 I was worried I wouldn't be able to achieve the bright greens I want without it but this gives me hope!
06-16-2017 10:02 PM
Originally Posted by JovialLich View Post
Anyone have ideas on what kind of decorative rock that is in the above tank? Thanks.

Looks like that stone they call Sieryu stone. I could be wrong though. Hopefully the tank owner will chime in soon.

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06-16-2017 09:35 PM
JovialLich Anyone have ideas on what kind of decorative rock that is in the above tank? Thanks.
06-15-2017 08:45 PM
Originally Posted by Aqualibra View Post
Eheim 2211
MGOC with Flourite Black cap
Aquaticlife T5HO
(No CO2 or Fert dosing)

Dwarf Sag
Crypt Wendtii Green
Anubias Nana Petite
Hygrophilia Corymbosa Compact
Java Moss
Bacopa Australis
Ludwigia Repens
Ludwigia Ovalis
Ludwigia Narrow Leaf
Amazon Sword

Cardinal Tetra
Green Nerite Snails

Would love to know what kind of rocks those are in the foreground. The 3 or 4 large greyish/green ones. Thanks!
06-14-2017 02:19 PM
Tessa Well, my big tank looks a bit different now... *gulp* Re-did everything and yes, added a shipwreck decor.

edit: heh, I guess anything with artificial decor is frowned upon here, no matter how many real plants a tank has. Nevermind
06-10-2017 08:16 PM
AquaAurora 8g jumbo bubble bowl
flora: unknown crypts, broad leaf and regular sag
fauna: mini ramshorn snails #?, 1 half giant halfmoon plakat betta male
filter: tetra whisper 10 air pump run sponge filter
heater: hydro theo 50 watt adjustable heater
lighter: clamp on work lamp with 13 watt 6500k cfl placed right on lid
substrate:black diamond 'sand'
fertssmocote+ root tabs and maybe once a week iron dosing for sag if I remember.

still have a few floating sag I need to replant once roots re-grow (had some die off) but otherwise happy with this tank, can't wait for the sag to spread all around with runners. My lid is giving me grief with condensation forming then dripping down the side of the tank causing lowered water levels like I had not lid + wet table...need to fix that.
06-09-2017 07:48 PM
aryopanji Nano tank 10g - just finished setting
06-05-2017 03:17 PM
toadpher New swords!
06-01-2017 04:56 PM
micheljq You need something to control the natural sunlight, especially in summer, like good curtains, sunlight is so much powerful, even natural daylight near windows is quite powerful.

05-31-2017 04:22 PM
Originally Posted by Empress Akitla View Post
Do you get a lot of algae with the natural light? I tried that with a five gallon and the algae was too difficult for me to manage.

-Empress Akitla
Yes. But not to an extent that it became a problem. The glasses facing the sun was infested by spot algae, the root/wood hardscape with those small hairy algae, and the plants and stones with the common green/brown algae. My mollies and redtail shark happily grazed on them everyday. I then added 4 nerite snails in my tank, and in two weeks they cleaned them all. I am kinda worried now, because algae is part of redtail shark diet.

For your 5 gal, I think it's too small of a tank to receive such amount of light, and I doubt you were able to propagate enough plants in there. In my case, good number of plants consumed most of the nutrients in the water, making it hard for algae to bloom, plus the nerite snails - they are voracious, even the thick spot algae that my fish never bothered grazing on, they ate em all.
05-30-2017 05:53 PM
Empress Akitla
Originally Posted by Silang View Post
Day #72 of my tank. No fert. No CO2. Natural light only, and an 11w bulb for evening viewing.
Do you get a lot of algae with the natural light? I tried that with a five gallon and the algae was too difficult for me to manage.

-Empress Akitla
05-29-2017 04:30 AM
Silang Day #72 of my tank. No fert. No CO2. Natural light only, and an 11w bulb for evening viewing.
05-26-2017 02:39 PM
toadpher Slowly it is coming together. Anyone want my ludwigia? I'm looking to get rid of all of it (two kinds, ludwigia red and some variegated form). Will trade for swords, Anubias, crypts and Java Fern.
05-17-2017 10:56 AM
aryopanji This is my new setup tank, 4 days old. Still in cycling phase.
05-12-2017 11:58 AM
Krispyplants I'm not sure if I posted this tank here before but here's the tank that I settled down on after downgrading from high tech setups because of school.
Soil ADA Amazonia
Lighting Finnex Stingray
Plants montecarlo, Anubias stardust and Snow White, different varieties of bucephalandras, mini pellia, hairgrass and fissidens.
Tank set up duration around half of a year

No co2, a water change when I feel like it or have the time. The last duration lasted 3 months without a water change. I'm digging this low tech, stress free style of tanking. They just take forever to grow
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